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Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi

Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi was recently appointed chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Sharil is no newcomer to the world of communications and multimedia as he has a wealth of experience in the legal, communications and multimedia industry as well as in financial advisory and strategy consulting.

Industry experts felt that Sharil was a suitable candidate for the post given his vast experience and expertise. Sharil has served as chairman of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Sharil has also worked on various projects and he is a part-time consultant to the International Telecommunications Union and he is also a part-time consultant/contributor to the World Bank, where he is presently assisting in the development of the Broadband Toolkit.

Sharil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and qualified as a Barrister from Gray's Inn, England and Wales (UK) Inn, England.

Apart from steering the industry forward, he also has to look into the award of the 2.6G and 700Mhz spectrum besides calling a tender bid for digital broadcasting.

Sharil first joined MCMC in May, 2000. Six years later, he left to join Binafikir where he was executive director and head of strategy. His last position in MCMC was general manager and senior advisor in the office of the chairman.

Sharil served as a member of the commission from May 1, 2006 for two terms before he was invited to join the MCMC as chief operating officer on June 16, 2008.